Kevin Roche, FAIA, co-founder and design principal at Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates (KRJDA) received the 2015 George M. White Award for Excellence in Public Architecture at the 26th annual Accent on Architecture Gala  on April 30th. The Gala, held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., celebrates individuals and organizations whose professional accomplishments combine architecture with civic and community betterment.
Mr. Roche co-founded KRJDA in 1966, and has completed over 200 projects in the United States and internationally. Among his many projects are the completion of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and Washington Dulles Airport outside of Washington, D.C., and several museums, performing arts facilities, and theaters. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including the Pritzker Prize and the AIA Gold Medal.
AAF President and CEO Ronald E. Bogle, Hon. AIA, said of Roche’s selection, “Kevin’s contributions to the public are far-reaching, and his body of work demonstrates his commitment to using architecture to improve the quality of life for communities and cities across the country.”
The George M. White Award  was established in 2012, and is named for the late George M. White, FAIA, who during his 25-year tenure as the Ninth Architect of the Capitol oversaw key construction and restoration projects in and around Washington, D.C., including the construction of Library of Congress’ James Madison Memorial Building, the Hart Senate Office Building and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, and the restoration of the Old Supreme Court Chamber and the Old Senate Chamber.
David Childs, FAIA and chairman emeritus and consulting design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, received the inaugural award in 2012  for his projects that have similarly shaped the public realm. Presenting remarks preceding Roche’s award presentation at the 2015 Gala will be the Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the Eleventh (and Current) Architect of the Capitol.
Featured image courtesy of David Hathcox Photography.